Kerala: Ex-minister Pillai granted parole to visit ailing wife
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Last Updated: Thursday, May 19, 2011, 14:41
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Congress (B) leader and former state minister, R Balakrishna Pillai, serving one-year imprisonment in a corruption case since February last, was today granted parole for 10 days.

Pillai's actor-cum-politician son K B Ganesh Kumar was sworn in as a minister in the UDF ministry headed by Congress leader Oommen Chandy yesterday. He is pitted to get the plum Tourism and film-related portfolios.

This was the second time that the septuagenarian politician was getting parole since he was jailed three months ago. On both occasions he was granted the relief to visit his wife who is undergoing treatment.

Though Pillai had expressed a wish to get out of prison on parole before the swearing in ceremony of the ministry yesterday, the authorities insisted he should be allowed to go out of the jail only on certain firm conditions.

Pillai?s close confidantes alleged that the restrictions were a ruse to prevent him from attending the swearing in ceremony at the Raj Bhavan.

The KC(B) leader was lodged in prison on February 18 after the Supreme Court sentenced him and two others in the case relating to irregularities in awarding contracts for the Edamalaylar power project when he was power minister in the late 1980s.


First Published: Thursday, May 19, 2011, 14:41

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